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obama meets at the white house with senate majority leader harry reid, house minority leader nancy pelosi, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and house speaker john boehner. they have only four days to reach an agreement or the u.s. economy will go off the so- called "fiscal cliff." that's when automatic spending increases and cuts would take effect. reaching a deal won't be easy because both sides are involved in a high stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president we would be happy to look at wah he proposes but the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline and as i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> reporter: democrats want to extend the bush-era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making $250,000 or more a year. many republicans are against any tax increases. most americans just want something to be done. >> people a
with a deadline for the fiscal cliff now just four days away. >> president obama meets later today with congressional leaders in one last effort to make a deal before the deadline. major garrett is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, rebecca and jeff. in just a couple of hours at the white house the president meets with all the key congressional leaders, top democrats harry reid and nancy pelosi leading republicans mitch mcconnell and john boehner. no deal can be reached in past without their cooperation. with the meeting comes a glimmer of hope. in the past all the ifisical cliff talks meetings like this have been the least productive of all. whether he meant to or not the senate majority leader may have spoken for a nation exhausted by seemingly endless fiscal cliff negotiations. >> what's going on here? >> reporter: what indeed. president obama returned to the white house in a grim mood. he met with no congressional leaders and said nothing about his efforts to avert the fiscal cliff, talks continue between senior white house and co
need a dance partner." >> reporter: on n-b-c's meet the press, president obama made a final pitch for his plan to preserve bush era tax cuts for everyone but the wealthiest americans. >> "regardless of partisan differences, our top sure that taxes on middle that would hurt our economy badly." >> reporter: a major sticking point continues to be the annual income level at which those tax increases should kick in. the threshold has wavered from 250-thousand dollars to as high as one-million dollars. republicans argue the country doesn't have a tax revenue problem, it has a spending problem. >> "unless we do something about spending, the government will continue to get bigger and the deficit will continue to get bigger." >> reporter: following the president's interview, speaker of the statement saying in part: "republicans made every effort to reach the 'balanced' deficit agreement that the president promised the american people.we've been reasonable and responsible. the president is the one who has never been able to get to 'yes.'" >> "what i ran on, and what the american people el
big issues." "i'm willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner." >> reporter: on n-b-c's meet the press, president obama made a final pitch for his plan to preserve bush era tax cuts for everyone but the wealthiest americans. >>> "regardless of partisan differences, our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do not go up that would hurt our economy badly." >> reporter: a major sticking point continues to be the annual income level at which those tax increases should kick in. the threshold has wavered from 250-thousand dollars to as high as one-million dollars. republicans argue the country doesn't have a tax revenue problem, it has a spending problem. "unless we do something about spending, the government will continue to get bigger and the deficit will continue to get bigger." >> reporter: following the president's interview, speaker of the house john boehner issued a statement saying in part: "republicans made every effort to reach the 'balanced' deficit agreement that the president promised the american people.we've been reasonable and respo
yesterday with " meet the press ", obama voice about proposals to place armed cars as schools fall in the mass shooting in newtown, conn. that killed 21st graders. >> in his most remarks about gun violence since the deadly assault this city look elementary school, president obama says that he still supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high capacity bullet magazines. >> president obama is endorsing a proposal by the illinois state legislature to legalizing gay marriage. if this is a rare move by a president as most presidents do not weigh in on state legislative matters. chicago state senator heather steans is expected to introduce a gay marriage proposal later this week. if the proposal passes, ill. will become the 10th state to approve same-sex marriage. in the midwest has approved a gay marriage through its legislator. >> we will be right back. >> welcome back. the time is 5:45 a.m.. the top stories we are falling at this hour. two people have been hospitalized after a 2 alarm residential fire in san francisco's excelsior district this morning. the
: president obama is rounding up the top four leaders in congress to meet at the white house. senate leaders harry reid and mitch mcconnell will be at that meeting scheduled for about seven hours from now. this could be their last chance to find terms they can all agree to. the president and senate got back to work yesterday. the house of representatives just got the call to return sunday night. a vote has been taken by monday or else automatic income tax increase will kick in on tuesday. republican aid say their leaders might now get on board with that. even so there is economic proof that many americans still fear going over the fiscal cliff. i'll have more on that in my next update. live in washington kyla campbell ktvu channel 2 news. >>> analysts say if the country goes over the fiscal shift it could send the economy back if into a recession. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is expected to return to work next week. a specksman for clinton says she continues to recooperate at home. doctors say clinton contracted a stomach virus earlier this month and became dehydrated and fainted.
-stakes meeting will be in washington this afternoon. president obama and top congressional leaders are looking for common ground to keep automatic spending cuts and tax increases from kicking them. hidden payne has the story. >> reaching a bill will not be easy because both sides are in a blaming game carry it >>. >> i told the president that we will look at whatever he proposes but the truth is is that we're coming up against a hard deadline. as i stated before this is a conversation that we should have had a month ago. >> democrats want to extend the bush era tax cuts. many republicans are against any tax increases. most americans just want something to be done. >> if people are just tired of partisanship. we just want everyone to come together. >> if lawmakers do not come together then this may lead to recession. i am and \ / \ \ / ed payne reporting. >> we will be right back. [ male announcer ] if you're ready to get more from your tv service, now's a great time to get at&t u-verse tv. make the switch. [ female announcer ] call now to get at&t u-verse tv for only $29 a month for 6 months,
. >> in an envious they would meet the press, obama voiced skepticism about proposals a place apart at schools following the mass shooting in newtown, conn. that killed 21st graders. >> i think the american people are skeptical that some how that will solve our problems. >> in his most is difficspecific remarks about gun violence is the deadly assault at sandy hook elementary school president obama says he still supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high- capacity black magazines. >> obama is endorsing a proposal by the illinois state legislator to legalized gay marriage. >> this is a rare move by president. as most presidents do not weigh in on state legislative matters. >> chicago state senator heather steans is expected to introduce a gay marriage proposal later this week. if the proposal passes illinois will become the 10th state to approve same-sex marriage. >>in the midwest that were bruised a marriage for its legislature. >> and reminder the bay area's favorite way to bring in the new year is always with kron 4. >> the biggest part is a spectacular firewor
-stakes meeting will be held in washington this afternoon as the nation edges closer to the fiscal cliff. president obama and top congressional leaders will look for common ground to keep automatic tax increases and spending cuts from kicking in. if they have only four days to reach an agreement. the u.s. economy will grow over the so-called " fiscal cliff. " that's when automatic tax increases and spending cuts could take effect. retain a deal before then will not be easy. because right now, both sides are involved in a high-stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of a house representatives are watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. i told the president that i would be happy to look at whatever he proposes but the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline here and as i said this is a conversation we should have made months ago. democrats want to extend the bush era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making too much and $50,000 or more a year. many re
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